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Priority Pass expands member lounges

5 Mar 2009 by Sara Turner

Members of Priority Pass now have access to more than 600 airport and city lounges worldwide, after a growth of 100 lounges in the past year.

Priority Pass provides independent access to airport lounges for club members, who are able to use any of the lounges whenever they travel, regardless of airline or class of travel.

Jonathan French, Priority Pass Head of Brand, said: “Our program has always appealed to those travellers who want to escape crowded, noisy departure areas without having to incur the added costs of traveling in first or business class.

“They also realize that on short-haul flights, you can spend as much time in the airport as on the aircraft, and it’s on the ground that getting access to a VIP area can pay dividends in terms of reducing the stress of travel and remaining productive when traveling for business.”

Priority Pass lounges can now be found in more than 325 airports across 100 countries.

In North America, members have access to new airport lounges in the scheme in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Phoenix and Raleigh Durham.

In the UK, lounges now include Plymouth and Inverness airports and in continental Europe additional lounges opened up in Spain, Italy, Poland, Slovak Republic, Hungary and Germany.

Lounges in Ukraine, at Kiev Boryspil International airport, and Russia, in Moscow and St Petersburg, have also joined the Priority Pass scheme, while in the Middle East new lounges in the programme are available in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Jordan.

In Asia expansion in key cities means lounges have been added in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, Qingdao and Seoul, along with Indian cities Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Cochin.

Priority Pass was launched in 1992 to provide frequent travellers with airport lounge access. Three membership plans are available. Prestige Membership costs $399, allowing members to make unlimited visits to all the lounges in the program.

Standard Plus Membership is available at $249, which includes 10 free visits per year to any of the lounges. Further visits during the year are charged at $27 per visit. Standard Membership is $99 per year, and members then pay $27 for each visit made.

All three membership plans allow members to take guests into the lounges with them, at a fee of $27 per guest per visit.

Go to prioritypass.com for more information.

Report by Sara Turner

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